I don’t know if many of your cruise passed Tim Horton’s on Second Avenue during the late evenings or not, but I do and have witnessed dozens of ‘kids’ gathering around. To me, it seems like a hangout for most of them who have nothing to do. I don’t think I have to express the problems that accompany (edit to include “these particular types of”) large gatherings, but lately it has proven to be extremely critical.
That said, I was down around Tim Hortons around 11:00pm last night and witnessed one of the kids in the usual ‘gathering’, holler something at an RCMP member as the member was driving by eastbound. Then, as quick as a flash, the member did a 180 and pulled up infront of Tim Hortons, got out of his car and yelled at one of the many kids, “come HERE”. He repeated it a couple of times, then went into the crowd and escorted the kid to the back of the police car. The kid was intoxicated, and wasn’t alone. My fear was that that after the member got the kid to the ground and proceeded to arrest him, that the gathering of kids were going to jump him. The member radio’d for backup, and within seconds, there were four additional police vehicles there. The kid continued to resist being arrested, until two of his fellow members helped out. During that time, the arresting officer looked up to another kid who was standing there cheering on his friend and said, “…and YOU, I told you to go home an HOUR ago!” The members eventually got the downed drunk into the back of the police cruiser, all the while the drunk kid was mouthing off.
After the door to the police cruiser was shut, that young officer approached the large group and ‘very diplomatically’ said, “We have had it. There is going to be ZERO tollerance around here from now one. If you are out and are drunk, you’re going to jail. I’m sure all of you know about the stabbing that just happened, right? Well, we’re not putting up with it any more. If we see you out and drunk, you’re going to jail. Now GO HOME.” (I’m pretty good at quoting what someone has said, and the above is the best to my recollection).
I was pleased to hear the member stated that there is going to be ZERO tollerance from now on. I tip my hat in hopes that this new approach saves some glass windows and lives in our already hectic city.
PS: Within an hour of the above incident, the entire 2nd avenue looked like a ghost town. I sort of had to chuckle to myself when the lone person was a guy standing outside that zorba’s pizza pickup up place facing the street. If I were to pick him a think bubble, it would say… “Where IS everyone?”